Promoting Health & Wellness

PACSW’s Health & Wellness Subcommittee is exploring ways to bring health and well-being activities and programs to OP. The subcommittee sponsors a speaker series that provides holistic support to women in their professional and personal lives through the lens of health and well-being, offering inspiration, information, and resources. Other projects of the Health & Wellness Subcommittee include a UCOP Community Garden, a Healthy Vending Machine Project, and the Healthy Campus Network Take the Stairs Campaign.

The events are open to all members of the UCOP community, and both men and women are invited. Recordings of prior events will be posted here as they become available, and future events will also be advertised in Link.

Past Speakers

Woody Hopf, PhD, Associate Professor, Neurology, UCSF Alcohol and Addiction Research Group (April 2019)

Where do Harmful Drinking Urges Comes From?

Dr. Hopf discussed the psychological mechanisms behind alcoholism as well as the pros and cons of moderate drinking. Participants gained a better understanding of the science behind addiction and if there is such a thing as a "safe" level of drinking according to the latest research. 

Hopf Presentation

Peggy Reynolds, PhD Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF (February 2019)

Environmental Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

We learned about the progress we are making toward understanding the role of environmental exposures in breast cancer risk, the remaining gaps in our knowledge and the strategies we are taking to fill them. She introduced us to resources to examine this relationship in more detail, including an interactive tool that we can use to explore environmental chemical exposures at work.

Reynolds Presentation

Ying-Hui Fu, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, UCSF (May 2018)

Sleep: How it Works, What it Does, How to Get Enough

We learned about the impact of sleep and sleep deprivation not only on you, but on all of our society. Professor Ying-Hui Fu is a Neurology and Neuroscience professor at UCSF whose research explores the genetic bases for sleep patterns as well as the major effects those patterns and their disruptions have on individuals as well as the larger community.

Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, UC Berkeley Elder Care Program (April 2018)

Caregiver Challenges: Roles and Responsibilities

This workshop focused on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including roles and responsibilities of the caregiver and other family members; the caregiver-care receiver relationship; expectations you and others have of you; and feeling responsible but not having control. Strategies for self-care were shared, and resources were provided.


Caregiver Challenges, Roles, and Responsibilities

How Do Family Members Share Tasks

Elder Care Resources

Caregiver Support Groups

Elder Care Bibliography